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Water: Week in Review

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While a slower week for projects and new product introductions, we saw a lot of partnership activity in the Water & Wastewater space.  An interesting one is Xylem’s agreement to become GE’s distribution partner for its advanced membrane filtration products.  The companies plan to expand the relationship further into Europe, Asia and Latin America at a future date.  For more on this story and others, continue reading:

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This was a popular week for joint ventures and partnerships, mostly aimed at expanding market reach.  In-Pipe Technology, ENPAR Technologies, and GE all formed separate agreements that should help their technologies reach more consumers around the world.  For details on these stories and more, continue reading below:

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  • STW Resources executed a joint venture agreement with CK Investments Energy Company to commission a

Water: Week in Review

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Innovation this week is centered on wastewater treatment – from vegetative bacteria-producing technology to non-thermal brine concentrators to wastewater tablets.  In addition, Korea is exploring gas-hydrate desalination as a cheaper alternative to existing desalination processes.  For more on these stories and more, read below:

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Water: Week in Review

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This week we saw a host of activity all around the water world.  For details on what companies like Bluewater Bio, MWH Americas, and Pentair are up to, read the stories below:

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  • Aqua America and Penn Virginia Resource Partners (PVR) have formed a joint venture, Aqua-PVR Water, to construct and operate a private

Water: Week in Review

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General Electric has had quite a busy week with a new contract with Grizzly Oil Sands and the release of two new products (a new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment system and a Smallworld Water Office software solution from GE Energy).  To see what other companies have been up to (and for details on GE’s activities), read the articles below:

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Water: Week in Review

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This week’s stories include many “new beginnings”, including Amiad’s new subsidiary in Brazil, OHL Medio Ambiente Inima‘s role in building Baja California’s new (and first) large-scale desalination plant, Sionix Corp‘s first B-O-O in the Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota, and new products from companies including NanoH2OKoch Membrane Systems, and Hydranautics.  Read below for more on these stories and other water news.

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  • Pipe-coupling specialist Victaulic is working with Spain’s MTS Pumps in a promotion

Water: Week in Review

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In this week’s news, we saw a lot of water activity focused on the oil & gas industry, with a $30MM IPO of MyCelx Technologies, Veolia’s use of induced gas flotation systems for an oil sands project in Canada, and ProSep’s launch of a new seawater treatment and water injection solution specifically for the oil & gas industry. Detail on these stories and more can be found below:

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  • A $30 million IPO of MyCelx Technologies, a water technology company that removes emulsified and dissolved hydrocarbons in water to below 10 parts per million, is expected to be listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market in late July / early August. The company, which is moving out of the development phase ahead of a dedicated sales push as its order-book grows, has an

What matters in cleantech corporate relationships

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One of our major research focuses here at Cleantech Group is corporate-to-corporate relationships.  We track them in i3 for our research subscribers.  We also capture them in our market map (see the picture above).  We spend so much time on relationships because we believe they have an outsized influence on cleantech relative to other industries. 

Why?  That is worthy of a post in itself but a few quick reasons include market share (in lighting, for instance, just 3 players have a combined 50% share of the market), importance of customer and channel access (e.g., governmental and utility clients whom are difficult for startups to reach),  influence with regulators, and the mutually dependent relationship between  large, slower-growing company balance sheets and the often superior ability of smaller companies to innovate.

So let’s say you agree with our thesis that corporate relationships matter in cleantech.  But what really matters in these relationships?  That is also a topic worthy of a much longer post but here’s a few initial thoughts:

  1. Number: The number of relationships a company is a (albeit imperfect) proxy for the influence a company wields.  A few examples of relationship numbers representing influence include GE and Schneider Electric
  2. Type: We here at Cleantech Group track whether a relationship is an investment,

Water: Week in Review

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We’ve seen a lot of activity in the Water space this week – especially in Asia, where new partnerships and investments have dominated the news.  Particularly, Aquatech International made a majority strategic investment in India’s WEX Technologies, ITT Corporation and Singapore’s Public Utilities Board announced plans to establish a joint R&D program, and Northumbrian Water received a takeover proposal from Hong Kong-based Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI).  For more on these stories and other water-related news around the world, see our highlights below:

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  • Desalitech Ltd will work with mineral and water drilling and treatment company Layne Christensen to design and build an innovative desalination system – a 43,000 gpd (167,000 L/d) brackish-water reverse-osmosis (BWRO) unit featuring Closed Circuit Desalination technology.  The new unit will

Water: Week in Review

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  • The California Superior Court has upheld the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s most recent approval of Poseidon Resources’ Carlsbad Desalination Project, ending years of legal challenges filed against the project.